See the first image of Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso, who happens to be a key figure in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
This weekend is the Star Wars Celebration event in London, and on the first day of the event, they brought out the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to talk about the characters of the highly anticipated movie. Included in the cast was Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Galen Erso, a character we haven’t heard much about, until recently.
If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because Felicity Jones‘ character is Galen’s daughter, Jyn Erso. And as we already know, Jyn is part of the group that’s taken on the task of stealing the plans for the Death Star. Those plans eventually come into play in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Although Mikkelsen was at the event, he didn’t confirm any information that you’ve probably heard before, but he did state he plays a “person of interest” and that he created something “so beautiful” for the universe. Compare that information to the rumor that we heard below, and it does sound pretty close.
Mads Mikkelsen (Galen appears to be his name in the film) is kind of the key to the film in a way. He is a scientist that took over the Geonosian Death Star project. He solved several of the flaws the Empire could not and is sort of a revered person in the Empire for his contributions. However, Mikkelsen’s character is a Robert Oppenheimer-type character. Oppenheimer helped design the atomic bomb only to say, “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The guilt “Galen” feels for his contributions to the Empire become too much and he defects, attempting to make things right. In order to do this, he enlists the help of his only daughter….
As with the previous Star Wars movies, I’m looking forward to the action, but the relationships between the characters and the emotional impact it creates is just as important to this space opera as anything else, so I’m definitely interested in seeing how Jones’ Jyn and Mikkelsen’s Galen interact with each other.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters December 16, 2016.